While the thoroughbreds and jockey that will mount them in the quickly approaching 2017 Kentucky Derby will definitely have a major ay in the outcome of this year’s Run for the Roses, one thing that many horse racing bettors forget to take into account is the contributions of each horse’s trainer.
Thankfully, this look at the top trainers that have horses in this year’s derby field will give you a great idea of just which mounts may have a higher probability of winning the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
Let’ get started with a look at the odds for each trainer to win this year’s greatest two minutes in sports.
|2017 Kentucky Derby: Complete Order After Post Draw|
|1||Lookin At Lee||Corey Lanerie||Steve Asmussen||20-1|
|2||Thunder Snow||Christophe Soumillon||Saeed bin Suroor||20-1|
|3||Fast and Accurate||Channing Hill||Mike Maker||50-1|
|4||Untrapped||Ricardo Santana Jr.||Steve Asmussen||30-1|
|5||Always Dreaming||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||5-1|
|6||State of Honor||Jose Lezcano||Mark Casse||30-1|
|7||Girvin||Mike Smith||Joe Sharp||15-1|
|8||Hence||Florent Geroux||Steve Asmussen||15-1|
|9||Irap||Mario Gutierrez||Doug O’Neill||20-1|
|10||Gunnevera||Javier Castellano||Antonio Sano||15-1|
|11||Battle of Midway||Flavien Prat||Jerry Hollendorfer||30-1|
|12||Sonneteer||Kent Desormeaux||Keith Desormeaux||50-1|
|13||J Boys Echo||Luis Saez||Dale Romans||20-1|
|14||Classic Empire||Julien Leparoux||Mark Casse||4-1|
|15||McCraken||Brian Hernandez Jr.||Ian Wilkes||5-1|
|16||Tapwrit||Jose Ortiz||Todd Pletcher||20-1|
|17||Irish War Cry||Rajiv Maragh||Graham Motion||6-1|
|18||Gormley||Victor Espinoza||John Shirreffs||15-1|
|19||Practical Joke||Joel Rosario||Chad Brown||20-1|
|20||Patch||Tyler Gaffalione||Todd Pletcher||30-1|
|AE||Royal Mo||Gary Stevens||John Shirreffs||20-1|
|AE||Master Plan||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||50-1|
x-Royal Mo and Master Plan are “also eligible” horses who get into the Derby only if another horse scratches before 9 a.m. Friday. Royal Mo would get in first, then Master Plan if a second horse scratches.
Kentucky Derby Trainer Earnings
- Bob Baffert ($9,304,339)
The Hall of Fame trainer has recorded 27 first place finishes this year, 12-second place finishes and 10 third place results. Baffert won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer of the Year in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2015. He won’t have any entrants in the 2017 Derby.
- Todd Pletcher ($8,448,556)
Pletcher will have Always Dreaming, Tapwrit, Patch and Battalion Runner going for him in the 2017 Kentucky Derby. Pletcher has started a whopping 45 horses in the Derby, so his time could be due this year.
- Steven Asmussen ($5,327,598)
Asmussen will have Untrapped and Lookin at Lee in this year’s derby field, but both are literal longshots that have little hope of actually winning. Asmussen has won the Preakness twice and the Belmont once but has yet to win the Derby, although Curlin finished third for him in 2007.
- Mark Casse ($3,809,951)
Casse won two Eclipse Awards last year and is behind Classic Empire in this year’s derby. Think "when" not "if" for the still blossoming Casse.
Here is a look at the remaining earning for the top trainer in this year’s Kentucky Derby with their money rankings.
- No. 5 Chad C. Brown ($3,608,240)
- No. 12 Kiarin McLaughlin ($2,351,750)
- No. 22 Graham Motion ($1,522,983)
- No. 33 Antonio Sano ($1,123,879)